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A tall coarse plant (Inula helenium) in the composite family, native to Eurasia, having rayed yellow flower heads and aromatic roots formerly used medicinally.

[Middle English elecampana : Old English elene (from Medieval Latin enula, from Latin inula, from Greek helenion, from Helenē, Helen; see Helen) + Medieval Latin campāna, of the field (from Latin campānea, feminine of campāneus, from campus, field; see campus).]
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(Plants) a perennial flowering plant, Inula helenium, of Europe, Asia, and North America having large hairy leaves and narrow yellow petals: family Asteraceae (composites)
[C16: from Medieval Latin enula campãna, from enula (from Greek helenion) + campãnus of the field]
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(ˌɛl ɪ kæmˈpeɪn)

a composite weed, Inula helenium, having large yellow flowers and aromatic leaves and root.
[1350–1400; Middle English, = Old English ele(ne), eolone (<Latin inula elecampane) + Middle English campane < Medieval Latin campāna, derivative of campus field]
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Noun1.elecampane - tall coarse Eurasian herb having daisylike yellow flowers with narrow petals whose rhizomatous roots are used medicinallyelecampane - tall coarse Eurasian herb having daisylike yellow flowers with narrow petals whose rhizomatous roots are used medicinally
inula - any plant of the genus Inula
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What does it do: Elecampane is grown for its root, which is thick and brown and smells of bananas when freshly harvested, but gives off the odour of violets when dried.
Astragalus roots, cascara sagrada bark, elecampane roots, hawthorn berries, motherwort herb, turkey rhubarb roots, self heal flowers, spikenard roots, yellow dock roots, violet flowers, licorice roots, and fennel seeds all make good herbal syrups.
Inula helenium L.(Compositae), also known as elecampane, is commonly found in the north of China.
Spotless cream ($32.75) combines soapwort, elecampane and lemon to gently clear up blemishes, and help to prevent new ones from forming.
[Naturalized medicinal plants from the viewpoint of ethnobotany: the example of butterbur, chicory, elecampane inula, horseradish, soapwort and sweet violet] Maetagused (Tartu) 36, 105-128.
These include plants such as elecampane (Inula helenium), white horehound (Marrubium vulgare), thyme (Thymus vulgaris), hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), mullein (Verbascum thapsus), grindelia (Grindelia camporum), and polygala (Polygala tenuifolia).
serotina), elecampane root (Inula helenium), propolis (a bee product), rosehips (Rosa spp.), ginger root (Zingiber officinale), licorice root, slippery elm bark (Ulmus fulva), and the essential oils of lemon, peppermint, and eucalyptus.